He has taken part in the Gumball 3000 international road rally: in 2001 in his Mercedes Brabus SV12 Megacar, and in 2004.
In an interview on Belgian Television, he claimed that in Morocco a car was blocking him and he "had to bump him off the road. He claims he subsequently found out it was the Chief of Police in a civilian car.
Dotcom also told Immigration New Zealand his convictions had been "erased" from his record under Germany's clean-slate legislation.
Despite granting him residency, Immigration New Zealand expressed concern that their decision might attract criticism that they had allowed Dotcom to buy his way into the country, and officials tried to keep it secret.
Officials red-flagged his application: "We are requesting that this application be kept as confidential as possible to avoid further media speculation or attention." Dotcom's residency status subsequently became the subject of intense media speculation when it came to light that Auckland Mayor John Banks had become involved, and that New Zealand's intelligence services had illegally spied on him (see below) – which they were not allowed to do because he had residency.
In November 2017, Dotcom announced he would marry his fiancé, Elizabeth Donnelly, on 20 January 2018 - the anniversary of the raid during which he was arrested. They had been dating for two years and in 2017 moved to Queenstown to live.
One commentator suggested that Schmitz may have been ignorant of the legal ramifications of what he had done, since insider trading was not made a crime in Germany until 1995, In response, he allegedly pretended to kill himself online, posting a message on his website that from now on he wished to be known as "His Royal Highness King Kimble the First, Ruler of the Kimpire".
Dotcom found Hong Kong to his liking and registered Kimpire Limited in December 2003, soon after moving there.
As a teenager, Schmitz acquired a reputation in his native Germany after claiming to have bypassed the security of NASA, the Pentagon and Citibank under the name of Kimble – based on the character of Dr Richard Kimble in the long-running television programme The Fugitive.
In 1994, he was arrested by German police for trafficking in stolen phone calling card numbers.
In October 2014, it became public that on 10 September 2009, Dotcom had been caught driving at 149 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.